Albert Boyd

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Albert Boyd
Major General Albert Boyd USAF.jpg
Major General Albert Boyd
(USAF Photo)
Nickname(s) Al
Born (1906-11-22)November 22, 1906
Rankin, Tennessee
Died September 18, 1976(1976-09-18) (aged 69)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1927 - 1957
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held Chief of Flight Section, Wright-Patterson AFB
Commander, Experimental Test Pilot School
Commander, USAF Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB
Commander, Wright Air Development Center
Deputy Commander, Weapons System Headquarters, ARDC
Awards Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Service Medal

Albert Boyd (1906–1976) was a pioneering test pilot for the United States Air Force (USAF). During his 30-year career, he logged more than 23,000 hours of flight time in 723 military aircraft. When he retired in 1957, he had flown every aircraft type operated by the USAF, including attack, cargo, trainer, fighter, experimental, bomber, mission trainer, liaison, observation, and general aviation planes and helicopters.

From 1947 to 1957, Boyd flew and approved every aircraft type acquired by the USAF. When he retired, he was praised as the "Father of Modern Flight Testing," "World's Number One Test Pilot," "Dean of American Test Pilots" and "Father of USAF Test Pilots." Boyd died on September 18, 1976.

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